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  • SALLY YOZELL

  • Advisor, Ocean Collectiv
    Senior Associate & Director of Environmental Security, Stimson Center

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Sally Yozell is a Senior Associate and Director of the Environmental Security program at the Stimson Center. Yozell’s research examines the links between environmental crime and global security issues — with a focus on combatting Illegal Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing and wildlife trafficking; identifying innovative technologies to fight IUU fishing in Marine Protected Areas; and tracking transnational organized crime as well as natural resources theft.

Prior to joining Stimson, Yozell was a Senior Advisor to Secretary of State, John Kerry and the Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment — where she provided advice and technical expertise to advance U.S. policies in the international arena related to ocean, coast, climate, and wildlife protection. She joined the State Department to support and manage the Our Ocean Conferences starting in 2014, where she stewarded and developed many of the far-reaching outcomes resulting in conservation commitments and investments totaling over $9.2 billion and 9.9 million sq. km of marine protected areas, including the expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands, and the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monuments, as well as the first marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean. She was also instrumental in the creation of the Presidential IUU Seafood Fraud Taskforce and a global strategy that successfully created the world’s largest marine protected area in Antarctica’s Ross Sea.

To facilitate other ongoing work streams related to the Our Ocean conferences, Yozell led international and government wide efforts to strengthen sustainable fisheries by devising global strategies to combat illegal unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, establish the Safe Ocean Network, develop a global seafood traceability program, and ratify and implement the Port State Measures Agreement Treaty. Yozell led the State Department efforts for the next Our Ocean Conferences to be held by the European Union in October 2017 and the government of Indonesia in 2018.

Previously, Yozell served as Director of the Policy Office at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Yozell also worked as a Regional Director for Marine Conservation at The Nature Conservancy; was a Vice President in the applied marine science group at Battelle Memorial Institute; and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans at NOAA during the Clinton Administration. She worked for almost a decade in the Senate as an environment and energy advisor to Senator John Kerry.

Yozell holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Vermont.